GovProc2015.300Upon request by American Data Network Patient Safety Organization, Gov. Asa Hutchinson issued a proclamation naming March 8 – 14, 2015 “Patient Safety Awareness Week” in Arkansas. The week coincides with the nationwide patient safety campaign themed this year, United in Safety, led by the National Patient Safety Foundation.

This year’s campaign theme points to the fact that everyone in the healthcare process plays a role in delivering safe care — from patients and frontline staff to administrators in the executive suite and from patient and family advocates to corporate solutions providers.  The NPSF aims to affirm the importance of the relationship between providers and patients and their families and demonstrate how increased communication and engagement can lead to safer care.

In his proclamation, Gov. Hutchinson acknowledged that all Arkansans have a role to play in the movement to improve the quality and safety of patient care in Arkansas and across the nation. “Responsibility for maintaining high quality standards of this country’s healthcare system lies at the heart of public health and will take the efforts of healthcare quality professionals, our communities, the government and our  healthcare providers and businesses, all working together to promote and enhance the quality of patient care,” Gov. Hutchinson said in the proclamation. Hutchinson also affirmed the importance of “understanding the underlying causes of errors, learning from reported errors, and working to eliminate conditions that contribute to preventable errors.”

About American Data Network PSO

The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 authorized the creation of Patient Safety Organizations to identify and reduce the potential risk associated with patient care. PSOs are designed to improve the quality of the healthcare system in the U.S. by encouraging clinicians and healthcare organizations to voluntarily report and share data on patient safety events without fear of legal discovery. Established in 2009, American Data Network PSO is Arkansas’ first and only federally designated Patient Safety Organization.